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Italy Uncovered – Variations on Kraepelin’s Model

Written by Davide Carnevali
Directed by Bethany Pitts
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OR The Semantic Field of Rabbit Stew

Experimenting with time and structure, these Variations… offer a constantly surprising series of transitions from childhood to manhood and back again, reflecting the loss of linearity and logic in the protagonist, who suffers from Alzheimer’s Disease.

Variations on Kraepelin’s Model was awarded the Theatertext als Hörspiel Prize at the Stückemarkt Theatertreffen 2009, the Marisa Fabbri Prize and the 2009 Riccione Prize.

Variations is written by Davide Carnivale, translated by Elizabeth Burr, Hannah Anderson, Abner Barthel and Caitlin Gordon and directed by Bethany Pitts. The play was translated in collaboration with students of the second class studying the Italian Program at Portland State University (Portland, Oregon, USA) in 2013 led by prof. Angela Zagarella.

Italy Uncovered

Italy Uncovered brings a new generation of Italian playwrights to the UK, with rehearsed readings of 5 very different, surprising new plays.

No pizza, no pasta, no ciao bella: Italian playwriting has undergone a renaissance in recent years, with a host of writers exploring contemporary Italian society with captivating stories as well as formal and stylistic innovation.

Join us for two revelatory evenings, as Italy Uncovered shows you a different side to this marvellous, contradictory, turbulent country.

See the other plays as part of Italy Uncovered:

Sunday 17 November

Lost by Greta Cappelletti, 6pm
10 mg by Maria Teresa Berardelli, 7.30pm
For Your Own Good by Pier Lorenzo Pisano, 9pm

Monday 18 November

In The Woods by Carlotta Corradi, 7.45pm
Variations on Kraepelin’s Model by Davide Carnevali, 9pm

Buy a ticket for both Variations on Kraepelin’s Model and In The Woods for only £10. This offer will automatically be applied at the checkout.


Uncovering Italy: Q&A with Writers & Translators, Monday 18 Nov 7pm 

with Carlotta Corradi, Greta Cappelletti, Pier Lorenzo Pisano, Edward Fortes, Valentina Marconi & the Italy Uncovered team.

Meet the writers and translators behind Italy Uncovered to talk about at how these plays fit into a wider resurgence of playwriting in Italy, the challenges and joys of working in translation, and what dialogue with foreign playwrights can do for British theatre.

Davide Carnevali

Davide Carnevali was born in Milan in 1981, he holds a doctorate in theatre theory from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and is currently an Associate Artist at ERT (Emilia Romagna Teatro). His plays have been presented across Europe, and include: Sweet Home Europa (Schauspielhaus Bochum, 2012); Ritratto di donna araba che guarda il mare (Portrait of an Arab Woman looking at the sea); Riccione Prize, 2013); Actes obscens en espai públic (National Theatre of Catalonia, 2017); Maleducazione transiberiana (Teatro Franco Parenti, Milan, 2018), Menelao (ERT, 2018). In 2020 he will work with the Royal Shakespeare Company as part of Projekt Europe 2020.


Artistic Team
Davide Carnevali
Bethany Pitts

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